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The Horizon Guide to Space Shuttles

Documentary which brings together coverage from three decades of BBC programmes to present a biography of the space shuttle, from triumph to tragedy, and considers its legacy.

In 2011, after more than 30 years of service, America's space shuttle took to the skies for the last time. Its story has been characterised by incredible triumphs, but blighted by devastating tragedies - and the BBC and Horizon have chronicled every step of its career. This unique and poignant Horizon Guide brings together coverage from three decades of programmes to present a biography of the shuttle and to ask what its legacy will be. Will it be remembered as an impressive chapter in human space exploration, or as a fatally flawed white elephant?

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Jul 2019 20:00


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Oswin MacIntosh

    Above and Afar

  • Brian Eno

    An Ending

  • Curtis Curtis-Smith

    Southern Cross

  • Brian Eno

    Empty Landscape

  • Oswin MacIntosh

    Brand of Hope

  • Gustav Mahler

    Langsam Schleppend

  • Oswin MacIntosh

    Final Climax

  • 00:09

    Brian Eno

    An Ending (Ascent)


Role Contributor
Producer Jacqui Farnham
Director Danielle Peck
Executive Producer Danielle Peck


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